I am trying to wash red polyester fabric with white letters on it, but I don't want the red to run and turn the letters pink. How can I stop this from happening? I don't have a lot of money so any household items would be great.
Selena from Saskatoon, SK
My grandmother taught me to use vinegar and salt. I use about 4 parts vinegar to 2 parts salt. Dissolve it into your washing water first or hot water first, before adding clothes. This works every time. (04/17/2007)
Shout makes a product that are like dryer sheets you can get at the grocery. shoutitout.com I have no stock, interest whatever in this product, I just know it works.
If you do have something fade during the wash I've found that regular 75% or 90% isopropyl alcohol will take almost all of the fade out without bothering the surrounding colors. Put the garment in a large bowl or bucket (garment can be wet or dry, but try to catch it before it goes thru the dryer) and pour the alcohol over it. Work it thru the garment (like you are hand washing it).
If the stain is persistent let the garment soak overnight. If the alcohol evaporates, just add more. It will not bleach the garment, make it fall apart, etc. I used this technique on a green/white silk blouse (which ended up pink) and it worked like a charm! It will work on any stain that is "synthetic" e.g. ink, dye, etc. If it's protein based (blood, grass, etc.) use hydrogen peroxide, but beware! Strong H2O2 will bleach (thus peroxide blondes). (03/25/2008)
I made a flag quilt for my son and it had a lot of reds, blues, yellows, and white in it. I knew it had to be washed and I washed it in cold water with a lot of table salt in it, close to half a box. It came out good, but when someone else washed it, they did not put any thing in to stop the colors and it ruined the quilt. Hope this works for you. (12/24/2008)
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